UNODC Expert Group24 September - This morning, IACA welcomed around 30 participants for an international Expert Group Meeting on “Transparency, Competition and Objectivity in Public Procurement”.

The three-day event is organized together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), under the sponsorship of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.The meeting will serve as a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices on the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in relation to public procurement. Participants will also work on the formulation of legal recommendations, and provide input for the compilation of a good practice guide on the Convention and public procurement, as well as on the development of a curriculum on the topic.


The second Expert Group Meeting, organized under the same framework, will take place on 27 and 28 September, addressing “Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity and Cooperation”. Participants will share knowledge on international good practices of legal incentives and sanctions for encouraging greater cooperate responsibility, including the reporting of corruption. Corporate criminal legal liability, whistleblower programmes, cooperating offenders, and private sector perspective on methods of encouraging the integrity and reporting, are among the topics to be discussed.

Both meetings will also focus on country-specific experiences shared by Indian and Mexican procurement experts from the public and private sector. They have attracted widespread participation from UNODC, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, Siemens, the Indian and Mexican governments, Ernst & Young and academia.